Update: Due to financial difficulties, the Little River Zoo closed to the public as they search for a buyer.
The woods near Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman are the site for the Little River Zoo, an educational attraction for those metro animal and wildlife enthusiasts who enjoy other OKC spots such as the Oklahoma City Zoo and Tiger Safari.
It's not your typical zoo, though. Opened in 1996, the Little River Zoo has almost 400 animals on the 55-acre park and provides tours personally guided by one of the trained staff members.
There are opportunities for kids and adults alike to pet and interact with the animals.
Location & Directions:
The Little River Zoo is located at 3405 SE 120th Avenue, about three quarters of a mile south of Highway 9E in Norman. From Oklahoma City, follow I-35 to Norman. Take Highway 9 East to SE 120th and turn south. The zoo entrance will be on the east side of the road.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the Little River Zoo's personal guided tours are included in the admission and take approximately 1.5-2 hours. Prices are as follows:
- Adults (12-55) - $7
- Seniors (Over 55) - $5
- Children (3-11)- $4
- Children (Under 3 - Free
The Little River Zoo is an excellent place for a kid's birthday party, right up there with some of the best in the metro.
Birthday package options include a guided tour, free petting zoo food and party area. The "Basic" package is $70 (20 people or fewer) while the "Deluxe" package (all party supplies such as cake, punch, ice cream, and favors for up to 15 kids plus free admission for the adults and a gift for the birthday child) is $199 ($10 for each child beyond 15).
The Little River Zoo will also come to your home or birthday location, bringing a gift for the birthday child and 5 animals. The cost is $130 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour.
For more information on required deposits or to make a reservation, call (405) 366-7229.
Several special programs are also available at the Little River Zoo.
Call (405) 366-7229 for event dates.
Junior Zookeeper: Kids 5 and older can work hands-on with the zookeepers and help care for the animals.
Overnight Camp-Outs: From 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the night side of the zoo comes alive.
Summer Camps: Several summer sessions are available for Junior Zookeepers to learn about conservation, hike, work with zookeepers and more.
Night Tours: For just $10 per person, groups of 20 or more can take a night tour to check out the nocturnal animals.